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Pokémon has many different types of trainers, each with their own name or team. However, the generic trainers met in the world are all sorted into classes, and each class generally fits a repeating mold in regards to their types of choice, battling style, attitudes, and appearances.

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    Ace Trainer/Cooltrainer and Ace Duo/Double Team/Cool Couple 

Ace Trainer, Cooltrainer/Elite Trainer (エリートトレーナー; Erīto torēnā)
Sun and Moon variants
Ace Trainers — called Cooltrainers prior to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and universally named "Elite Trainer" in the original Japanese versions — are some of the most powerful stock opponents encountered. As the names would suggest, they are skilled trainers that use high-leveled and varied teams with better movesets and smarter AI than other opponents. They're typically depicted as older teenagers or young adults wearing colored jackets and start appearing in the mid-game.

Ace Duo/Elite Duo (エリートコンビ; Erīto konbi), Double Team (ダブルチーム; Daburu chīmu), Cool Couple/Elite Couple (エリートカップル; Erīto kappuru)

A double-battle variant of the Cooltrainers found in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are classified as a Cool Couple. In Diamond and Pearl, they were considered the Double Team class. It was then changed to the Ace Duo trainer-class in X and Y.
  • Battle Couple: Pairs of a male and female Ace Trainers can be found in various games under the names Cool Couple, Double Team, or Ace Duo.
  • Classy Cravat: Ace Trainers from Kalos wear cravats with their respective outfits.
  • Confusion Fu: While other classes usually stick to a specific type or group of Pokémon, Ace Trainers don't have any preference.
  • Curtains Match the Window: The Ace Trainers in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have green hair and eyes.
  • Elite Mook: They usually have the best AI of all the normal trainer classes, may use healing items, and often own the most powerful non-legendary Pokémon available. They become more common the further you get in the games, and the various Victory Roads are filled almost exclusively with them. Gym Leaders Bluenote , Clair, Norman, Candice, Draydennote , Irisnote , Marlon and Wulfric used them exclusively as their gym trainers.
  • Fingerless Gloves: The female Cooltrainers in Generation II & the Ace Trainers in ORAS and SM wear fingerless gloves.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: They wear red in most games they appear in, and they are consistently the strongest trainer class in the games.
  • Mega Twintails: Female Gen V Ace Trainers style their hair into massive pigtails that go down to their butts.
  • Reused Character Design: Male and female ace trainers in Pokémon Masters are modeled after their Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire designs, respectively.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Kalos Ace Trainers look like they're wearing school uniforms all the time.
  • Sudden Name Change: From "Cooltrainer" to "Ace Trainer" in Diamond and Pearl.
  • Whip It Good: In Gen I, Cooltrainers were depicted as having whips.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They have green hair in Hoenn and Sinnoh (except for snowy areas in the latter), purple hair in FireRed and LeafGreen, and blue hair in Unova.

    Actor and Actress 

Actor (はいゆう; Haiyū) and Actress (じょゆう; Joyū)
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon variant
A trainer-class that made its debut in Black 2 & White 2 as the performers for Pokéstar Studios. They use several prop and mecha "fake" Pokémon for the films the studio creates.

Actor/Troupe Member (げきだんいん; Gekidan'in)

In English versions, the class doesn't appear again until Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where it becomes the localized name of the unique title given to Meredith, a stage actress.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Meredith journeys around Alola to each location where nectar to transform her Oricorio into its 4 different forms can be picked up. The 4 times Meredith can be battled has her Oricorio leveling up from 12 to 57.
  • Unique Enemy:
    • For Black 2 & White 2, the trainer-class only appears as "opponents" in the Pokéstar Studios.
    • For Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Actor Meredith is the only one that appears of this trainer-class.
      • Meredith was technically not a member of either the Actor or Actress trainer classes in the Japanese version of USUM, posessing a unique trainer class that has never reappeared since.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Fitting their theme, the Actor and Actress trainer-class doesn't have a unique sprite. Instead, they share the Ace Trainer and Scientist sprites in Black 2 & White 2, and the female Office Worker model in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

    Aroma Lady 

Aroma Lady/Aromatic Lady (アロマなおねえさん; Aroma na onēsan)
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant
Aroma Ladies are women surrounded in petals or soothing fragrances. They usually use Grass-type Pokémon that are associated with pleasant smells, though one in the Sinnoh region carries a Combee.
  • Eyes Always Shut: The Hoenn Aroma Ladies are depicted with their eyes closed. Averted with the Kanto and Sinnoh Aroma Ladies.
  • Flowers of Nature: In the Hoenn remakes the Aroma Ladies wear a flower in their hair, which fitting considering their affinity with flowers and Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Girly Skirt Twirl: Kanto Aroma Ladies are depicted as doing a skirt twirl in their battle sprites.
  • Green Thumb: Specialize in Grass-types, especially the Budew and Oddish lines.
  • The Nose Knows: In Emerald, one of them actually managed to tell that you have a PokéNav by its smell.

    Artist and Painter 

Artist (げいじゅつか; Geijutsuka) and Painter (えかき; Ekaki)
Artists in X and Y
Trainer classes who carry art supplies on hand. Painters debuted in in FireRed and LeafGreen, while Artists debuted in Diamond and Pearl. They use Smeargle if available.


Backers/Fan Club (ファンクラブ; Fan kurabu)
In Black and White

A pair of sports fans fought in double battles that appear in Black and White. They use Pokémon a particular Athlete uses as a sign of their admiration. Uniquely, they're the only solely Double Battle trainer class that have both male and female versions.

  • Dual Boss: Specialize in Double Battles.
  • Fanboy: And fangirls of the athletes they're rooting for. Most of them tend to show up at Nimbasa's Small Court and Big Stadium, and the female Backers even wear cheerleading outfits.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: The female Backer on the right wears yellow short shorts.


Backpacker (バックパッカー; Bakkupakkā)
Sword and Shield variant

Young men and women carrying large hiking backpacks introduced in Black and White. They tend to use only one Pokémon in battle, save for Triple Battles, Rotation Battles, and any battles taking place at a battle facility. Backpackers could also be viewed as the younger variants of the Hiker trainer-class.

  • Continuity Nod: The pose the female Backpackers take in Pokémon Sun and Moon pre-battle is a direct reference to the pose their sprites were in during the Gen V games. They even have the exact same designs.
  • Walking the Earth: Backpackers spend most of their time traveling around the world.
  • Younger and Hipper: Backpackers are basically young Hikers.


Baker/Bakery (ベーカリー; Bēkarī), Chef (りょうりにん; Ryōrinin) and Cook (コック; Kokku)
Sword and Shield cook
Culinary artists wearing chef's attire. Bakers appear in Black and White as well as their sequels, Chefs in X and Y and Cooks in Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and Sword and Shield.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Two of the Cook trainers, Ernie and Fil, use Bug-type Pokémon. Both use the Cutiefly-line while Fil uses a Parasect.
  • Chubby Chef: Their designs are bigger than most other trainer classes.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: They wear a smile and raise an eyebrow in their post-battle pose.
  • Making a Splash: Cook Carver uses the Water-type Psyduck-line.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Cook Carver can be rematched in Hau'oli City where his Psyduck will have evolved into Golduck by the second match.


Beauty/Grown-up Lady (大人のおねえさん; Otona na onēsan)
Sword and Shield variant

Beauties are vain young women that wear stylish clothing and often carry handbags or other accessories. They commonly use Pokémon that are considered cute or beautiful, though sometimes they have the more generic guideline of the Pokémon looking odd.

  • ISO-Standard Urban Groceries: They're seen holding a bag of groceries, including a long loaf of bread, in their battle design artwork for X and Y.
  • Minidress of Power: The Kanto and Johto (in both the originals and the remakes), Sinnoh, and Alola Beauties wear very short dresses.
  • Piñata Enemy: Beauties tend to be more generous than most other classes of Trainer when it comes to handing out prize money.
  • School Sport Uniform: If a scene set in Erika's Gym in Pokémon Origins is to be believed, Kanto Beauties wear this beginning in Gen III, which makes more sense if you're to take the Game Freak staff's word for it that they used to be Lasses when they were younger.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: The Beauties in ORAS wear backless tops.
  • Shock and Awe: The ones in B2W2 only train Electric-types, and their designs incorporate a lightning theme due to being exclusive to Elesa's gym.
  • Sore Loser: Their losing pose in Sun and Moon has them glare at the player with their hands on their hips.
  • Transgender: Beauty Nova in the Battle Maison in X and Y, is strongly implied to be a trans woman — she tells you that if you defeat her, she'll tell you how she "completely remade her life" and was "reborn as a Beauty at last". Once you do defeat her, she tells you she used to be a Black Belt (an exclusively male trainer class, with the female equivalent being Battle Girl); the Japanese version is even more explicit about it, with her crediting her transition to "medical science".
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Unlike FireRed and LeafGreen, which retconned the Beauties found in the water into Swimmers, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! keep them in their original class but give them a different model with a swimsuit.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: They wear short shorts in their designs for ORAS.


Bellhop/Bellboy (ベルボーイ; Berubōi)
In Sun and Moon

A trainer-class added in Sun and Moon. Bellhops are depicted as men who work as hotel servants, and are usually seen within the vicinity of certain hotels, such as the Tide Song Hotel and Hano Grand Resort.

  • Color Motif: Their attire is primarily colored orange to show a feeling of warmth when they're around the people they're trying to help at hotels.
  • Green Thumb: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Jody's Drifloon is swapped out with a Grass-type, Fomantis.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a Bellhop hat.
  • Retcon: Jody's Drifloon in Sun and Moon is swapped out for a Fomantis in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Soul Power: Bellhop Jody uses a Ghost-type, Drifloon, in Sun and Moon.
  • Unique Enemy: Bellhop Jody found on Alola's Route 4 is the only one of this trainer-class the player comes across.
    • Not quite the same case in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. While Jody is still around, an additional Bellhop named Landon was added to a double trainer-battle that appears at Malie Garden.

    Biker and Roughneck/Cue Ball 

Biker (ぼうそうぞく; Bōsōzoku) and Cue Ball AKA Roughneck/Skinhead (スキンヘッズ; Skinhezzu)
Hooligans in Black and White

Bikers and Roughnecks (Cue Balls before Gen IV) are separate classes, but are commonly found together in the same area and are very similar to each other. They're motorcycle-riding ruffians who specialize in Fighting- and Poison-types.

Hooligans/Bad Team (バッドチーム; Baddo chīmu)

A double team consisting of a Biker and a Roughneck that appears in the Generation V titles.
  • Adapted Out: Bikers don't appear in Let's Go with the removal of bikes in favor of Pokémon rides. Punk Guys replaced their role instead and share the same design as the Kanto bikers in Gen I.
  • Badass Biker: They're buff and burly trainers designed after typical motorcycle gangs.
  • Bald of Awesome: Roughnecks are universally depicted as being bald. Their Gen I name was actually "Cue Ball", while their Japanese name is "Skinhead".
  • Bash Brothers: Bikers and Roughnecks can be encountered as two-man teams called "Hooligans".
  • Combat Pragmatist: They also specialize in Dark-type Pokémon, to go along with their generally brutish and underhanded nature.
  • Composite Character: HGSS Bikers incorporate both design traits of Bikers and Roughnecks, likely because the latter trainer class is phased out in the Johto games.
  • Dub Name Change: Cue Ball/Roughneck was originally "Skinheads" in Japanese. As this would have been a problematic name to use in the west, the change is justified.
  • Fat and Skinny: Roughnecks/Cue Balls are burly while Bikers are relatively thin. This was inverted in Gen V.
  • Gratuitous English: One Roughneck on Route 17 shouts "No future!" in the French translation.
  • Poisonous Person: They both like Poison-types, but Bikers use them more than Roughnecks.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In stark contrast to the traditional types this trainer class uses, Roughneck Kirby in Sinnoh's Lost Tower uses a Cleffa, which are small, pink, and associated with girls, as his sole Pokémon. Justified, as his other Pokémon fell victim to Team Galactic.
  • Whip It Good: Cue Balls carried whips in Gen I.

    Bird Keeper 

Bird Keeper/Bird Tamer (とりつかい; Tori-tsukai)
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Bird Keepers are young men and women holding birdcages. They specialize in Flying-types, specifically bird-themed Pokémon.

    Black Belt and Battle Girl/Crush Girl 

Black Belt/Karate King (からておう; Karate ō) and Battle Girl (バトルガール; Batoru gāru), Crush Girl/Fighting Girl (かくとうむすめ; Kakutō musume)
Sun and Moon Black Belt
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Battle Girl
Black Belts are karate masters and are depicted as men in karate gi who primarily use Fighting-types. Generation III introduced Battle Girls, who are the Distaff Counterpart of Black Belts. Battle Girls either wear tight-fitting workout clothing or a martial arts uniform. In Fire Red and Leaf Green, Battle Girls were temporarily replaced with the functionally identical Crush Girls.

Sparring Partners/Training Buddies (しゅぎょうなかま; Shugyō nakama)

When two Black Belts are fought together, they are called Sparring Partners.

Crush Kin/Fighting Siblings (かくとうきょうだい; Kakutō kyōdai)

A Brother–Sister Team of a Black Belt and Crush Girl.
  • Badass Adorable: The Battle Girls/Crush Girls, who look just as fierce as their male counterparts, but much younger and more adorable.
  • Badass and Child Duo: In Sun and Moon, a Black Belt and a Preschooler form a Karate Family.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: All Black Belts and Battle Girls encountered specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The default outfit for the Battle Girls in Hoenn and Sinnoh, as well as the Crush Girls.
  • Bash Brothers: A Black Belt and Crush Girl team is called "Crush Kin."
  • Braids of Action: The Battle Girls in Unova has a braided ponytail.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Gen VI pair up a Psychic with a Black Belt as a Brains & Brawn Double Battle.
  • Chinese Girl: Battle Girls from Unova wear Chinese Kung-Fu uniforms, and can have Chinese names. While they're not shown actively training their own fighting skills, they train powerful Fighting-type Pokémon, mostly battling the player in later parts of the game.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: All Black Belts and Kalos Battle Girls go barefoot.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Battle Girls and Crush Girls to Black Belts.
  • Dub Name Change: Black Belts are called Karate Kings in Japanese, while Crush Girls are called Fighting Girls.
  • Fanservice Extra: Battle Girls in Hoenn, Kanto, and Sinnoh are fit, flexible girls wearing revealing workout attire. Averted in Unova and Kalos, where they wear more modest martial arts uniforms instead.
  • Kiai: They commonly make use of battle cries in their dialogue.
  • Kick Chick: All battle girls (excluding those from Kalos) are shown kicking midair.
  • Legacy Character: Black Belts are closely based on Bruno of the Elite Four, since they widely use the Onix line and Machop families. Kenji in particular, a Black Belt that can be fought in rematches in Gen II and their remakes, eventually builds a team of Hitmonlee, two Onix, and a Machamp — he's just a Hitmonchan shy of duplicating Bruno's Gen I team.
  • Old Master: Sun and Moon depict the Black Belts as muscular old men with heads covered in white hair.
  • Sibling Team: In the Kanto remakes, a Black Belt and Crush Girl, both siblings, form Crush Kin.
  • Signature Mon: Prior to the Gen V games they would almost always use a Pokémon from the Machop line.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The sports bra and spandex-wearing Battle Girls of Ruby and Sapphire are replaced in FireRed and LeafGreen by the sports bra and spandex-wearing Crush Girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: The Battle Girls and Crush Girls are martial artists who wear ponytails.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Battle girls from Hoenn have blue hair.

    Boarder and Skier 

Boarder (ボーダー; Bōdā) and Skier (スキーヤー; Sukīyā)
HeartGold and SoulSilver variants
Male Snowboarders and female Skiers that debuted in Generation II. Male Skiers debuted in generation IV.
  • An Ice Person: They use Ice-type Pokémon and appear in Pryce's gym. However, they include other types in Diamond and Pearl due to Sinnoh's limited roster in their regional dex.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In Gen IV female skiers wear pink and the males wear blue.

    Bug Catcher and Bug Maniac 

Bug Catcher/Bug Catching Boy (むしとりしょうねん; Mushitori shōnen)
Bug Catcher and Bug Maniac in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Bug Catchers are young boys with bug-catching nets and other equipment for capturing insects. As you might presume, they prefer Bug-types. It's implied in-story that most Bug Catchers grow out of it like a phase, but some don't.

Bug Maniac/Insect Maniac (こんちゅうマニア Konchū mania)

Older Bug Catchers become classified as Bug Maniacs, which appears in Ruby and Sapphire and their remakes.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: They specialize in Bug-types, which are mostly large by default.
  • Com Mons: The trainer variant, they appear frequently early in the game but are not a real threat and become rarer once you get your second Badge. They also commonly use the Bug-type Com Mons of their generation in battle.
  • The Goomba: Bug Catchers serve as this alongside Youngsters and Lasses, being some of the earliest and weakest trainers you fight.
  • Inconsistent Dub: In English versions of Stadium, Bug Catchers are referred to as Bug Boys.
  • Poisonous Person: They commonly use Bug/Poison-types, such as the Weedle line, Dustox, and Venonat.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: The Bug Maniacs wear shiny glasses and wear a rather creepy expression.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compared to Bug Catchers, Bug Maniacs are older, have evolved their Pokémon, and often use stronger Bug-types such as Heracross and Pinsir.
  • Youthful Freckles: The Hoenn Bug Catchers have these in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.


Burglar/Post-Fire Looter (かじばどろぼう; Kajiba dorobō), Thief (どろぼう; Dorobō)
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Unscrupulous thieves, they're often found scavenging in abandoned and underground areas, and specialize in Fire-types and the Koffing line.

  • Beard of Evil: They're antgonistic thieves, and given beards in FireRed and LeafGreen, and the Stadium games.
  • Blatant Burglar: While burglars are generally known to be sneaky, burglars in the Pokémon world are out in the open, waiting for unsuspecting Trainers to pass by for a battle.
  • Dub Name Change: Their original Japanese name literally translates to "Robber at the Scene of a Fire" and figurately to "Looter." The former explains why they Play With Fire.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: They wear surgical masks in HeartGold and SoulSilver and happen to be villainous.
  • Nice Hat: A branded baseball cap, sometimes worn backwards.
  • Piñata Enemy: They fork over a lot of loot when defeated, and sometimes they also drop items when running off.
  • Playing with Fire: They generally use Fire-types, and Blaine uses them as Gym Trainers.
  • Poisonous Person: In Johto, the few that appear all have the Poison-type Koffing on hand.
  • Robbing the Dead: According to their Japanese name, they raid houses that have caught on fire.
  • Sinister Shades: They wear sunglasses and happen to be antagonistic thieves. Presumably this is for disguise reasons.
  • Smoke Out: Presumably they like Fire-types and Koffing because their ability to use Smokescreen allows them to make a quick getaway.
  • Thief Bag: They carry a stereotypical thief bag over their shoulders; there's Poké Balls spilling out of it in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

    Camper and Picnicker
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variants

Campers and Picnickers are young boys and girls that use Pokémon found in the wilderness, often forests. Thus they use a variety of Pokémon, but are not too dangerous and are phased out of the game as the player proceeds. In earlier games, they were called Jr. Trainers.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: Clearly younger than the trainer, and their surprisingly erudite dialogue usually highlights that fact.
  • Composite Character: In Yellow, Camper Ricky is merged with Joe and Picnicker Nancy is merged with Giselle.
  • Confusion Fu: They use a variety of different Pokémon to battle.
  • Dub Name Change: Their Gen I counterparts were called "Boy Scout" and "Girl Scout," almost certainly changed for legal reasons in English. From Gen II onwards they became "Camp Boy" and "Camp Girl" in Japanese.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • In early games, they were called Jr. Trainers with a symbol denoting their gender.
    • In the first Generation, there were two female Jr. Trainers swimming near the Seafoam Islands. The remakes moved them both onto land when female Swimmers are introduced to the region.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Befitting their youthful nature, the Picnickers in Generation IV wear pigtails.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The males are based on American Boy Scouts, and accordingly the females are Girl Scouts. The Campers were called "Boy Scouts" in the Japanese versions of Red and Green, but it was changed in later games for copyright reasons.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Their Stadium sprites, in which the Camper (male) is shown wearing a blue tie and the Picnicker (female) is shown wearing a pink tie.
  • Scout-Out: The Campers are based on Boy Scouts, and the Picnickers are based on Girl Scouts.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Picnickers are the Tomboys to the Lasses' Girly Girls.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Part of the Picnicker uniform in Generations II, III, VI, and VII. Hoenn's Picnickers wear longer shorts in the remakes.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: One Camper in Gold and Silver and HeartGold and SoulSilver is dressed exactly like Janine—but then, so are the other trainers in her gym.
    Barry: Hey, you. Was my disguise cute or what, huh?

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Women who appear in the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town to exorcise evil spirits but ended up being possessed. They use the Gastly line and only appeared in the first generation and its remakes.

  • Age Lift: They used to be ranging from adult to middle-aged, but Let's Go makes them look younger and bears some facial expressions similar to the Hex Maniacs from Generation VI.
  • Demonic Possession: It's heavily Implied that they're possessed by evil spirits, as they apologize to the player and do not recall anything that happened before the battle after battling them.
  • Dub Name Change: From "Shaman" in Japanese.
  • Miko: They're dressed up as Shinto priestesses.
  • Soul Power: They only use Gastly and the occasional Haunter, which are Ghost-types, even in Sabrina's Gym.

    Clerk/Office Worker
Sword and Shield variants

Office men and women who debuted in Black and White. They are found in places of employment in Unova and Alola.

  • Confusion Fu: They use a variety of Pokémon.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Clay uses some of them as Gym trainers, and they specialize in Ground-type.
  • Dub Name Change from Salaryman and OL to Clerk and Office Worker.
  • King Mook: The Unovan boss variant is essentially this, being the boss of the other Office Workers.
  • Meganekko: The female Office Workers in Alola wear glasses, which add to their charm.
  • Not So Stoic: Generation VII features pre-battle and post-battle animations for NPC Trainers. While most NPCs confidently strike a pose, female Office Workers stand calmly and lean back slightly. When they lose, they look aghast.
  • Office Lady: The female Clerks, to the point where their title in Japan is OL.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: The female Clerks in Unova wear grey tights with a business skirt.
  • Salaryman: The male ones are based on Japanese salarymen.

    Clown and Harlequin
Diamond and Pearl/Black and White variants

Men in costumes based on the classic Pierrot clown archetype that debuted in Diamond and Pearl. Only one battleable Clown appears outside the Battle Frontier, Clown Lee, who is affiliated with the Jubilife TV Station. In the Unova games, a similar class called the Harlequin debuted and uses Pokémon that balance well.

  • But Thou Must!: You have to find all three Clowns in Jubilife City to get the Pokétch.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Most Harlequins that appear in the Generation 5 games are Gym Trainers for Burgh, and as such use Bug-types, all of which are bigger than their real-life equivalents.
  • Dub Name Change: Harlequins had their name changed from Clowns in the English release as that was the English name of their Generation IV equivalents, known in the Japanese version as Pierrots.
  • Leitmotif: The Harlequins in Castelia Gym in Black 2 and White 2 have their own unique circus-like encounter music, while the ones everywhere else share the theme of the Backers and a couple of others. This is one of the few instances of a trainer class having two different encounter music pieces in a single set of games.
  • Psychic Powers: Clown Lee uses the Psychic-type Mr. Mime line. Also, some Harlequins in B2W2 use Baltoy.

    Coach Trainer
In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

A trainer class that appears in the Let's Go, Pikachu!/Let's Go, Eevee! games. Coach Trainers are spread out around the routes of the Kanto region offering to provide advice and battle experience to young upcoming trainers. Those who defeat Coach Trainers are rewarded with items that are helpful for their Pokémon journey.

  • Elite Mooks: Coach Trainers use Pokémon that are at higher levels than other trainers found around Kanto. They're basically the Ace Trainers of Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
  • Mentor Archetype: Coach Trainers usually provide helpful advice and reward useful items, such as TMs, to trainers that battle and defeat them.
  • Palette Swap: Share their design with Ace Trainers, but wear green coats instead of black.
  • Piñata Enemy: Coach Trainers usually provide a lot more money than other trainers on the Routes they're found in.

Sun and Moon variant

Collectors are nerdy young men that are collectors of rare Pokémon. In Diamond and Pearl, they use three of the same Pokémon. In other games, they use rare Pokémon and version exclusives.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Collectors in Pokémon Masters look nothing like their previous iterations, instead looking like handsome mature high-class men who collect rare items, instead of obsessed chubby geeks.
  • Continuity Nod: Their poses and designs in Sun and Moon are highly reminiscent of their Hoenn counterparts, but with different color schemes.
  • Dub Name Change: Collector is shortened from the original "Pokémon Collector."
  • Otaku: They're the ultimate Pokémon nerds of all the trainers.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: One of their most defining features is their opaque lenses, and they happen to be Pokémon nerds.
  • Power Equals Rarity: They tend to use the version exclusive mons in games. To use Ruby and Sapphire as an example, they'll use Nuzleaf (Ruby exclusive) or Lombre (Sapphire exclusive) on the same team.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: You can expect them to brag about how rare their Pokémon are... even when they aren't.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They're basically the successors to the Super Nerd trainer class of Kanto and Johto.

Black and White variants

Adult men and women who are bicyclists. They debut in Diamond and Pearl and appear in the Gen. V games. They tend to use fast Pokémon.

  • Dub Name Change: From "Cycling," which would have been very awkward in terms of English grammar.
  • Fragile Speedster: Almost every Pokémon they use tends to be fast but goes down quickly.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In the Unova games male Cyclists dress in blue, while females dress in pink.
  • Sensual Spandex: They have underpants that look too pretty to avert your eyes from.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: The female ones wear short shorts, especially in Unova.

Sword and Shield variant

Young men who break dance, who debut in Black and White. They tend to appear around highly populated cities such as Castelia and Nimbasa. In Sun and Moon, female Dancers appear instead, as hula-dancing young women. In Sword and Shield, they're young women who wear street clothes.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Galarian dancers wear crop tops underneath their hoodies that also leave their stomach exposed.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The dancers in Castelia City have the Elemental Monkeys and the occasional Darumaka.
  • Playing with Fire: Unovan Dancers commonly have Darumaka, a fire-type on hand.
  • Signature Mon: Unovan Dancers tend to use Darumaka and the Elemental Monkeys while the Alolan Dancers use the various forms of Oricorio.
  • True Blue Femininity: The females in Alola wear blue dresses.

    Doctor and Nurse
In Black and White

Appearing only in the Unova games, Doctors and Nurses are men and women in hospital uniforms that do not challenge the player upon seeing them. One must talk to them to battle them. After battle, they heal Pokémon when asked.

  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Prefer Pokémon with high HP such as Alomomola, Audino and the Chansey line.
  • Helpful Mook: They tend to be placed in deep dungeons such as deserts and caves to heal your Pokémon after battling them, reducing the need to use healing items.
  • The Medic: They heal your Pokémon after defeating them in battle, and every time you talk to them afterward.
  • Piñata Enemy: A number of them tend to use Audino and the Chansey line, which grant a lot of experience points upon defeat.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Doctors (who are male) wear blue while nurses (who are female) wear pink.

    Dragon Tamer
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Debuting in Ruby & Sapphire. Dragon Tamers are men in elaborate outfits who specialize in Dragon Pokémon. The only other times the Dragon Tamers have appeared are in Diamond & Pearl, and the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire remakes.

  • Badass Cape: They sport cool-looking capes and outfits in general, but a Dragon Tamer in Meteor Falls dislikes it. He even adds that some Dragon Tamers quit because they hate their outfits.
  • Elite Mooks: Their type specialty means that they are some of the stronger generic trainers in the game.
  • Purple Is Powerful: They all wear purple-colored suits and wield the powerful Dragon-types.

One of several X and Y variants

Drivers are often found around Lumiose City running taxi services, and aren't normally fought in battles. However, if you try to pull a fast one on them by not having enough money to pay, that status will soon change. They use members of the Sandile line at levels much higher than the Trainers that can be battled around the same time the Lumi Cab service becomes available.

  • Badass Driver: You have been warned if you attempt to use their services without paying, they're actually quite skilled trainers.
  • Boss in Mook's Clothing: Good luck getting one with a Level 33 Sandile if you end up fighting them - it's either that, a Level 55 Krokorok, or a Level 66 Krookodile, even when you're just starting out.
  • Signature Mon: Solely use the members of the Sandile line.
  • Shoplift and Die: Failure to pay them will cause them to pick a fight with you.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: There is no unique Driver trainer-class sprite. The one pictured is the X and Y variant of the Gentlemen trainer, and the other Driver variants appear as the X and Y Veteran and Punk Guy sprites.

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Electricians who appeared only in the Kanto games, they use Magnemite and the occasional Magneton.

  • Dub Name Change: Originally referred to as "Uncle Electrician."
  • Extra-ore-dinary: They use the Steel-type Magnemite and Magneton.
  • Eyes Always Shut: In Gen I and Stadium they always have shut eyes. In FireRed and LeafGreen, their eyes are open, but are closed again in the Let's Go games.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: They wear only one glove in FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Mr. Fixit: They're even called Mr. Fix in Stadium.
  • Nice Hat: Hard hat, of course. Their Stadium portrait shows it has a lightning bolt symbol on it.
  • Shock and Awe: Since Magnemite and Magneton are also Electric-type. The one in the Vermillion City Gym in the remakes also has a Voltorb.

    Expert and Old Couple
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variants

Debuting in Ruby & Sapphire, Experts are old men and women in kimonos. They are elderly Black Belts and Battle Girls who haven't lost their edges.

A double-battle variant known as an Old Couple trainer-class can also be found.

  • Battle Couple: Two Experts in Meteor Falls by the name of John and Jay team up to form an Old Couple.
  • Dub Name Change: The Old Couple were originally called "Golden Anniversary."
  • Old Master: Applies to the grandma version as well. Despite their old age, they are very skilled at Pokémon battling.

    Fairy Tale Girl
X and Y variant

Debuting in Pokémon X and Y, Fairy Tale Girls are little girls in pink dresses. Like the name suggests, they specialize in Fairy-type Pokémon. Together with a Hex Maniac, they form Mysterious Sisters.

  • Creepy Child: Some Fairy Tale Girls say things that are out of the ordinary and in some cases just outright disturbing. They love to threaten the player with their creepiness for fun. Their eyes are also different from the other Trainers'; they lack pupils and appear to be glistening akin to fellow Fairy-type enthusiast Valerie. It makes the Hex Maniacs more tame in comparison.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: The pose they strike in their official art has them curtsying.
  • Off-Model: Rather than the bow shown in their official artwork, their overworld model seems to depict them wearing a pink hat instead. This is due to the Fairy Tale Girl's overworld model being a recolor of that of the Twin's (minus the Pikachu doll), with the "ribbon" being a recolor of their hair bun.
  • Older Than They Look: One of them flat-out says they're old enough to be the player character's mother, even though she looks like a little girl.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They love to use Fairy types, or at least Pokémon similar to fairies.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: A little pink dress with ruffles, bows and a white pinafore that looks like something out of a fairy tale.
  • Skintone Sclerae: Seem to have no eye-whites whatsoever.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: A trait that many of them love to embrace and abuse; when they talk to you they tend to say some pretty... interesting things, and the dresses they wear coupled with their golden, shiny eyes make them appear very doll-like.

HeartGold and SoulSilver variant

Men in clown suits that breathe fire. Only appearing in Generation 2 and their remakes. In the remakes, they were redesigned into Magmar Cosplayers.

  • Cool Shades: They sport a pair of red-tinted shades.
  • Cosplay: The Generation 4 designs invoke Magmar.

In Sun and Moon

A trainer-class added in Sun and Moon. They specialize in water-type Pokémon given that their job is to fight fires.

  • Color-Coded Elements: His fire-fighter suit is blue to show that he's a user of water.
  • Dub Name Change: The Japanese versions refer to this class as "Fireman," in Gratuitous English.
  • Making a Splash: Given that the trainer-class is based on a firefighter, you're bound to believe that they're going to be water users.
    • In Sun and Moon Firefighter Alex's one Pokémon is a Water-type, Poliwhirl. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Poliwhirl is swapped out for another Water-type, Octillery.
    • In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Firefighter Aiden uses two Water-types, Octillery and Clawitzer.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Probably a bit closer to yellow, but the contrasting colors on his firefighter suit is still there.
  • Retcon: Alex's Poliwhirl in Sun and Moon is swapped out for an Octillery in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
  • Unique Enemy: The trainer-class only appears once in its Sun and Moon introduction as Alex on Alola's Route 10. Not the case in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon where an additional firefighter named Aiden was added to Poni Coast.

Sun and Moon variant

Fisherman are men, usually middle-aged, with fishing rods, tackle boxes, and vests of gear. They commonly appear along water-based routes, and use Water-types in battle, more specifically fish-based Pokémon. Sword and Shield introduce female Fishers.

    Furisode Girl
The four X and Y variants

Young girls wearing furisode, a type of Japanese kimono. They have four models, each with a different color: blue, white, black, and pink. They debuted in X and Y.

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Gamblers are trainers that rely on luck in battle, and their dialogue revolves around gambling. In the first generation and their remakes, they appear as old men with dice cups, but was changed to trench coat-wearing younger men resembling detectives in the fourth generation. They use a variety of Pokémon and like One-Hit KO and Death-or-Glory Attack.

  • Badass Longcoat: In Gen IV, they wear long red-brown coats.
  • The Gambler: As the name indicates, they're gamblers, and they're often found betting around Game Corners.
  • Nice Hat: They're depicted as wearing fedoras in Gen IV as part of their reimagining as detectives with an addiction to gambling.
  • Piñata Enemy: While not as much as Ladies and Rich Boys, Gamblers tend to give out quite a bit of money.
  • Private Detective: Bowdlerized to PIs in the English Gen IV games, even though all their dialogue still refers to gambling.
  • Put on a Bus: Likely because of bowdlerization, Gamblers haven't been seen since Gen IV, excluding the Let's Go games.

X and Y variant

Older men who trim bushes who only appear in Pokémon X and Y. Outside of the Battle Maison, Gardeners only use Corphish. In the Battle Maison, they specialize in Grass- and Bug-type Pokémon.

    Gentleman/Monsieur and Socialite/Madame
Sword and Shield variants

They are rich older men and women in expensive outfits. They usually use Pokémon that are based on pets like Growlithe and Chatot, but a few can use rare powerful Pokémon. The Gentleman debuts in the first generation, while the Socialite debuts in the fourth generation. In X and Y, they can only be found in the Battle Chateau (under a different title) and Battle Maison.

  • Confusion Fu: Some of them will throw in powerful evolved Pokémon, and in battle facilities, they can even have Legendary Pokémon.
  • Dub Name Change: Socialites are only ever referred to by their Japanese name in an English localization during Generation VI, due to it being "Madame," approriate for the France-inspired Kalos region.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: The Alolan Gentlemen wear stereotypical Hawaiian tourist shirts, instead of the usual suit worn by the ones from other regions.
  • Nice Hat: Until Sun and Moon, Gentlemen and Ladies have been depicted wearing or carrying around fancy hats.
  • Piñata Enemy: Like Rich Boys and Ladies, they give a lot of money when defeated, and some of their Pokémon also carry Nuggets that can be stolen with the right moves. Also, they have a chance of giving out a rare item at the Battle Chateau. However, they tend to be stronger than their younger counterparts.
  • Rich Bitch: Zig-Zagged; some are noticeably polite, while others like to rub their status in your face.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Gentlemen all wear fine-looking suits. This is averted in Alola, where the Gentlemen there wear more casual clothing.

    Golfer and Golf Buddies
In Sun and Moon

A trainer-class added in Sun and Moon due to the golf course at the Hano Grand Resort. They're depicted, and dressed up, as golf players.

Two female Golfers faced in a double battle are called Golf Buddies.

  • Boss in Mook Clothing: The Golfer found at Ula'ula Meadow can make for a tough fight using two fully leveled Pokémon, Hariyama and Alakazam.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: One Golfer uses a Rock-type, Rockruff.
  • Dual Boss: The Golf Buddies trainer-class is a Double Battle.
  • Dub Name Change: The Golf Buddies class originally had the more mundane class name of "Golfers"
  • Golf Clubbing: They're depicted holding golf clubs.
  • Nice Hat: The male variant wears a golfer hat.
  • Psychic Powers: One Golfer uses a Psychic-type, Alakazam.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: The female Sun and Moon variant of the Golfer uses a slightly tweaked version of the game's Beauty sprite. The major differences being that her pose is different, and is now holding onto a golf club.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Guitarists are young men, and later women, with electric guitars. They favor Electric-type Pokémon, though they also carry Pokémon with sound-based moves. They make appearances primary in Gens III and IV, and the female variant can be battled in Gen V's Black 2 & White 2 as a result of Gym Leader Roxie's introduction here, who's a female bass guitarist.

  • Eyes Always Shut: In the Hoenn games, the Guitarist's eyes are always shut. In all likelihood this is because they're always playing guitar onscreen; it completes the pose. Their Player Search System icon shows their eyes open.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Sometimes they have Pokémon with sound-based abilities, such as the Whismur and Kricketot line.
  • Shock and Awe: The male guitarists specialize in Electric-type Pokémon.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: The Female Guitarists in Black 2 and White 2 wear ponytails.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, their instruments and hairdo matches Manectric, one of the few Pokémon they will be using.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, they are shirtless. The remakes give them a tank top.

    Hex Maniac
Generation VI variant

Somewhat creepy looking girls and women that appear in Ruby and Sapphire (and their remakes) and X and Y. They serve as the female counterparts of Psychics in the latter. When paired with a Fairy Tale Girl, they form Mysterious Sisters.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Some of their dialogue is a bit... off.
    " waves...there are radio waves coming from your nose..."
  • Cosplay: They dress up as witches.
  • Creepy Loner Girl: Fits the appearance to a T in Gen VI, and use Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • Dub Name Change: From "Occult Maniac," almost certainly due to character limits.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: The Gen VI model and artwork depicts them wearing a black and purple dress.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Aside from the witch motif, their battle design artwork in Gen VI depicts them apparently trying to cast a hex on a Poké Ball.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Had blank eyes in the Japanese versions of Ruby, Sapphire, and are given pupils in international versions. The Gen VI version has swirls instead.
  • Multicolored Hair: Gen III Hex Maniacs have black hair with added dark red at the tip.
  • Nice Hat: A witch hat, but only in Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Psychic Powers: They on occasion will use a Psychic=type Pokémon.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: Their swirly eyes never reflect highlights in Gen VI.
  • Skirt over Slacks: Gen III Hex Maniacs wear black leggings under their dresses.
  • Soul Power: They specialize in Ghost and Psychic Pokémon.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Deep purple headband, single glove, and shoes for that gothic look.
  • Wingding Eyes: Hex Maniacs make a long-awaited return in Generation VI, sporting perpetually swirly eyes.

Sword and Shield variant

Rotund mountaineers and spelunkers commonly found in and around caves, mountains and rugged areas. They specialize in Fighting-, Ground-, and Rock-types.

  • Acrofatic: They are usually big men and some comment that they have traveled far in their hikes.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Hiker Andy from Black and White. He's available only for the male protagonist in the Ferris Wheel Date Moment. He appears in the sequel to ride the Ferris Wheel with the female protagonist, but will talk about a great romance two years prior.
  • Badass Beard: Hikers are depicted with impressive beards, except in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Sun, and Moon, where they have Perma-Stubble instead.

Diamond and Pearl variant

A trainer-class that debuted in Gen IV's Diamond and Pearl. Idol trainers are teenage girls dressed up in pink pop star outfits.

  • Ascended Extra: Compared to her one low-level Jubilife TV station appearance in Diamond and Pearl, Idol Grace's role is expanded a bit in Platinum where she will appear for rematches in multiple Sinnoh Pokémon Centers.
  • Idol Singer: What this trainer-class is based on. The Idol is seen wearing a concert dress while holding a Poké Ball styled microphone.
  • Retcon: Idol Grace's Pikachu is gone in Platinum.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: The idol's clothing is basically a pink princess dress.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Platinum, Grace's first battle starts off with one level 6 Clefairy. By the time of her final rematch team, she will have six level 53 Clefairy.
  • Tutu Fancy: Averted. The worst Grace's costume gets in this regard is a Giant Waist Ribbon.
  • Unique Enemy: Idol Grace is the only one of this trainer-class outside the Battle Frontier.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

A double-battling trainer-class that first debuted in Gen III's Ruby and Sapphire. The Interviewers consist of a reporter and a cameraman who appear in several locations throughout the region, and ask for a battle with the player which will be recorded on camera. They then ask the player for an interview after the battle.

In Gen IV, the Interviewer trainer-class is expanded a bit further where they can be solo battled. The solo interviewers are classified as the Reporter and Cameraman trainer-classes respectively.

The interviewer pair for Hoenn are known as Gabby & Ty while the interviewer pair for Sinnoh are known as Roxy & Oli.

  • Ascended Extra: The Roxy & Oli Interviewers only have one appearance at the Jubilife TV station in Diamond and Pearl. However, their role in Platinum expands to be more like Gabby & Ty of Ruby and Sapphire where they will appear at multiple Pokémon Centers throughout Sinnoh.
  • Dual Boss: The primary Interviewer trainer-class specialize in Double Battles.
  • Making a Splash: In Diamond and Pearl, the Roxy & Oli Interviewers use the water-type Pokémon, Wooper and Marill. Only Marill has an actual water-type move though; knowing Water Gun.
  • Nice Hat: The cameramen appear to wear backward baseball caps.
  • Retcon: Roxy & Oli's Wooper and Marill are swapped out for Magnemite and Ralts in Platinum.
  • Shock and Awe: Both the Interviewer pairs use the Magnemite line, which tend to know Electric-type moves such as Spark and Discharge.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the player's journey goes on, the Interviewers' Pokémon will have gained in strength alongside the player, and have fully evolved Pokémon, such as Exploud, Gardevoir, and Magnezone, by their final battles.
    • Since the evolution didn't exist in Ruby and Sapphire, Gabby & Ty will eventually have a Magnezone this time around in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire remakes.

Sun and Moon variant

Older men in overalls who are, well, in charge of the cleaning and maintenance of various buildings and facilities. Debutting in Gen V, they specialize in Pokémon based on trash and filth, particular the Trubbish line.

  • Almighty Janitor: Janitor Geoff, who happens to be the final boss of Pokémon Company. Subverted, since he is actually the CEO, who really likes to dress up as a janitor to trick people, but it is implied he started off as one of these.
  • Mundane Utility: Presumably, Unovan Janitors use the Trubbish family to help them clean by eating trash. Alolan Janitors are explicitly said to do this with their Grimer and Muk, which in Alola have adapted to feed exclusively on solid waste while minimizing the bad smell. In fact, one of them runs a waste treatment facility that uses Alolan Muk and Grimer as their sole method of disposal.
  • Poison Is Evil: Subverted. A lot of them use Poison-Types, but they are all friendly and polite, with all of their sprites smiling cheerfully. The implied reason they use these Pokémon is to help them on their chores, since they mainly use the Trubbish and Grimer lines, which feed on trash and filth, showing these Pokémon in a positive light.
  • Poisonous Person: They often use trash and pollution-themed Pokémon, all of which happen to be Poison-Type.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: When they don't use trash-related Pokémon, they use cute, cuddly families like the Cinccino and Marill lines, giving them a kind, humble air.

Diamond and Pearl variant

A trainer-class introduced in Gen IV's Diamond and Pearl. Joggers appear as young men in athletic clothing, and can only be battled in the morning. Most Joggers appear to carry Luxio or Staravia as their Pokémon.

  • Dub Name Change: From "Jogging" in Japanese.
  • Nice Hat: Joggers wear open visor caps.
  • Playing with Fire: In Diamond and Pearl, some of the Joggers use the Fire-type, Ponyta.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The morning Red to a Police Officer's nighttime Blue. To explain, Joggers can only be battled in the morning while Police Officers can only be battled at night. However, this doesn't apply for the Police Officers in Black and White and Sun and Moon, who can now be battled at any time.
  • Retcon:
    • Jogger Wyatt's Ponyta is swapped out for a Pikachu in Platinum.
    • Jogger Craig has his Ponyta and Staravia swapped out for a second Luxio in Platinum.
  • Shock and Awe: A few Joggers use the Shinx line, who are Electric-types. One also uses a Pikachu in Diamond and Pearl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rematching Jogger Craig will eventually cause his Pokémon to become level 50+ powerhouses. In addition, his Luxio will eventually become a Luxray by his final Platinum rematch.

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Performers that are typically found in urban areas, they specialize in spherical Pokémon (like Voltorb) as well as Psychic-types and switch out team members frequently.

  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Jugglers in the Fuchsia Gym caught many players off-guard as they train overleveled Psychic-types in a Poison-type Gym.
  • Cartoon Juggling: They're depicted juggling Poké Balls.
  • Confusion Fu: They have a habit of switching Pokémon at random, and using Metronome.
  • Dub Name Change: Originally known as Gypsy Jugglers in Japan until Gen III.
  • Fighting Clown: A literal example since they're clowns and Pokémon trainers who battle you.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: The Jugglers in Koga's Gym are training there to study ninjutsu from the Gym Leader himself.
  • Juggling Dangerously: If they do juggle their Voltorbs and Electrodes, since they can explode without warning.
  • Psychic Powers: They use plenty of Psychic-types, like Mr. Mime and the Abra and Drowzee lines. Even the ones in Koga's gym use them.
  • Shock and Awe: They have a thing for the Electric-type Voltorb and Electrode, as they're spherical like the Poké Balls they use to juggle around.
  • Street Performer: They're often seen street performing.
  • Token Evil Teammate: That one Juggler who assisted in the Silph Co. invasion.

    Kimono Girl
HeartGold and SoulSilver variant

Girls who wear, well, kimonos. They debuted in Pokémon Gold and Silver as the dancers of the Ecruteak Dance Theater. However, their roles are expanded a bit further in the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes.

  • Adaptational Badass: Their Pokémon are far more powerful in the remakes, going from level 17 to 38. It makes sense, as said remakes have you battle them far later in the game, when your team would be much stronger.
  • Ascended Extra: In their original appearance, they're only seen in the Ecruteak Dance Theater. Defeating all of them earns the player HM04 (Surf), but that's it. In the remakes, they're encountered at several points throughout the player's journey and are actually relevant to the plot, ultimately helping you battle and capture either Ho-Oh (HeartGold) or Lugia (SoulSilver).
  • Boss Bonanza: In the remakes, the player has to fight them one after the other with no time to rest.
  • Damsel in Distress: Three of them (in the remakes). One is lost in Ilex Forest, one is being harassed by a Rocket grunt at the Dance Theater, and one is stuck in the ice of the Ice Cave.
  • Dub Name Change: An odd example. In the original Japanese, they (naturally) have Japanese names. When the games were translated into English, the girls were given different names—that are still Japanese.
    • This is in addition to the class name being changed from "Maiko" (essentially the term for a trainee Geisha
  • Signature Mon: They each use a different Eeveelution.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Burly men who start campfires. They debuted and only appeared in Ruby and Sapphire along with their remakes. Predictably, they use Fire Pokémon.

HeartGold and SoulSilver variant

Older women who are Itako (Blind Shaman). They only appear in Generation II and their remakes as Gym Trainers for Morty and Sabrina.

  • Psychic Powers: As Gym trainers of the Saffron gym they specialize in Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • Soul Power: They use the Ghost-type Gastly and Haunter as Gym Trainers of the Ecruteak Gym.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Channelers, being Ghost-type users with Shinto trappings.

    Ninja Boy
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Young boys dressed in ninja outfits. They hide in the scenery and ambush passing trainers. They prefer Poison-types (typically the Zubat line in Sinnoh and the Koffing line in Hoenn) as well as Ninjask. The Ninja Boys are only seen in Gen's III and IV, as well as the Hoenn remakes.

  • Kiai: Some of them do battle cries when ambushing the player.
  • Ninja Brat: Often immature children training to be ninjas.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: They are very easy to spot, especially when they are disguised as trees. However, in ORAS they are much harder to spot, such as hiding under ash piles in Route 113 and under shallow water in Flannery's Gym where their only telltale sign is the bubbles, which are very easy to miss.
  • Poisonous Person: They specialize in Poison-types.

    Parasol Lady
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

They are women in raincoats and carrying a parasol who debuted in the Hoenn region. They are usually found in rainy areas.

  • Making a Splash: They use a wide variety of Pokémon, but they tend to specialize in the Water-type.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Quite a number of them comment on the importance of their parasols.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The Parasol Ladies' outfits consist of pink parasols, rain coats & rain boots in Generation IV & V.
  • Weather Manipulation: They often carry Castform or other Pokémon with Rain Dance or Sunny Day.

    Poké Fan
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variants

Members of Pokémon fan clubs, they are middle aged men and women with various Pokémon merchandise. They usually carry Pokémon of the Fairy egg group (not necessarily Fairy type), and the men are often seen with their kids while the women tote around Pokémon toys.

    Pokémon Breeder
Sword and Shield variants

Trainers who carefully select the improvement for future generations. They usually carry multiple Pokémon of various types and a couple of baby Pokémon. They are often seen near Pokémon Daycares.

  • Cowboy: In Sun and Moon they work in ranches and have the same designs as the Ranchers and Cowgirls from the Sinnoh games.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: They have large aggro sight, and in B2W2, they will come up to the player when they are ready for a rematch when the player returns to their areas, even when not talked to.
  • Marathon Boss: They tend to have full parties when you battle them, but thankfully they also tend to use unevolved and baby Pokémon.
  • Nice Hat: Alolan Breeders wear cowboy hats to protect themselves from sunlight while doing farm work. Other breeders wear bandannas instead.
  • Palm-on-Cheek Pose: The female Breeder's losing animation in Sun and Moon has them put their palm on their cheek.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Somewhat, they would probably end up better if they raise those handpicked Pokémon first.
  • Zerg Rush: Their Pokémon are usually weak but often come in teams of six.

    Poké Kid
Sword and Shield variants

Little kids wearing Pokémon costumes. Gen IV has Pikachu Girls who only use Pokémon in the Pikachu family, while Gen VIII has Pikachu Boys and Eevee Girls.

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Some of them want to be actual Pokémon.
  • Cosplay: They're dressed up as Pokémon. In fact, in the overworld the sprites for Pikachu Girls are identical to actual Pikachu.
  • Dub Name Change: From "Make-Believe Pokémon."
  • Fragile Speedster: Generally, Pikachu Kids' only Pokémon are Pikachu. Pikachu is fairly fast but is very fragile.
  • Graceful Loser: Even when they're beaten, Eevee Girls never lose their chipper smile and demeanor.
  • Non-Elemental: Eevee Girls use Eevee, which are Normal-types.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Eevee Girls are constantly smiling, even after they lose.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Pikachu Kids tend to use Pikachu, while Eevee Girls use Eevee, both of which are considered very cute in-universe.
  • Shock and Awe: Pikachu Kids use the Pikachu evolution family, which are Electric-types.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Pikachu Girls pair their Pika-biketards with pink tights.

    Poké Maniac
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Fanatical Pokémon fanboys, they adore Pokémon in the "Monster" Egg Group — their Japanese name is even "Kaiju Maniac".

  • Characterization Marches On: Prior to Gen III, Poké Maniacs were boys with dark hair and long coats. Since Gen III they've been Retconned as Pokémon-cosplaying otakus.
  • Cosplay: They dress up as Pokémon, mainly as Pokémon in the Monster Egg group.
  • Dub Name Change: As mentioned above, they were originally known as Kaiju Maniacs.
  • Mighty Glacier: They tend to use slow but powerful Pokémon such as the Aron line, Rhyhorn line, and Slowpoke line.
  • Otaku: Obviously designed with this in mind. Made more obvious from Gen III onwards.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: In the first two gens, their long hair covers one of their eyes.

    Pokémon Ranger
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variants

Rangers are trainers that are concerned in protecting the environment and wild Pokémon as well as helping lost and injured travelers. Early on, they specialized in Grass-type Pokémon, but recently they may carry various types of Pokémon, similar to Ace Trainers.

  • Americans Are Cowboys: As Unova is based on America, their male Pokémon Rangers have the looks of cowboys.
  • Ascended Extra: They have their own spin-off series of games.
  • Elite Mooks: Like Ace Trainers, they are some of the tougher generic trainers in the game. One of them even lampshades this in Pokémon X and Y, claiming Rangers to be equal in strength to Ace Trainers.
  • Green Thumb: In Generation III, they mostly used Grass-type Pokémon. Ramos also uses them as Gym Trainers.
  • Nature Hero: Pokémon Rangers protect the environment with the aid of their Pokémon.
  • Nice Hat: Depending on the game, they can either wear a cap, a hat, or a beret.
  • Retcon: After they are characterized as Ace Trainers as Nature Heroes from Gen IV onwards, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire changed the Rangers' teams to be more diverse instead of training mostly Grass-types in the originals.
  • Stealth Expert: Some Unovan Rangers hide in inconspicuous objects on the overworld to sneak up on the player.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: The female Hoenn Rangers wear their hair in ponytails that stick out from behind their caps.
  • Whip It Good: Though it seems like the rope has other purposes, considering their duties.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Female Rangers always wear short shorts.

    Police Officer/Policeman/Officer
Sword and Shield variant

Police Officers debuted in Generation II, but were known as simply Officers at the time. They were next known as Policeman in Gens IV and V, and then became Police Officers in Sun and Moon. They frequently use doglike Pokémon and in Diamond & Pearl only use members of the Machop and Hoothoot lines.

  • Exotic Eye Designs: Galarian cops have huge, sparkly, brightly colored blue eyes that wouldn't look out of place on a little girl in a Moe-centric show. Galarian cops also happen to be middle-aged balding overweight men. The effect is striking, to say the least.
  • Lawman Baton: They're police officers who wield batons in their sprites.
  • Nocturnal Mooks: Most can only be fought at night. Unovan and Alolan Policemen, however, can be fought at any time of the day.
  • Playing with Fire: Many battle with the Fire-type Growlithe line.
  • Police Are Useless: One officer in Alola has a post-battle comment that lampshades this.
    "Alola is pretty peaceful, so it's okay to be weak."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The nighttime Blue to the Jogger's morning Red. To explain, Joggers can only be battled in the morning while Police Officers can only be battled at night. However, this doesn't apply for the Police Officers in Black and White and Sun and Moon, who can now be battled at any time.

Sun and Moon variants

First appearing in the Unova games, they are very young children who have Pokémon with them as playmates. They generally tend to show up around routes or towns with Daycare Centers, playgrounds or preschools.

  • Cheerful Child: They're quite young and don't seem to mind if they lose.
  • Dub Name Change: Called Kindergartners in Japanese.
  • Genki Girl: Or Genki Boy. As expected of children their age, they're very enthusiastic.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The girls are preschoolers who wear pigtails.
  • Graceful Loser: Female Preschoolers in Alola appear to be jumping for joy when they lose.
  • Improbable Age:
    • Many trainers set off on their journey at the age of around 10, but these children are even younger than that, which doesn't stop them from battling you.
    • They are among the NPCs that can set a shop in Join Avenue. So, you can get treated to the sight of a preschool child managing an antique store, a Pokémon dojo, a hair salon, or a store that sells rare products by the bulk.
  • Reused Character Design: Preschoolers in Pokémon Masters are modeled after their Pokémon Black and White design.
  • Sore Loser: Male Preschoolers's defeat poses show them yelling angrily.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Can be rather philosophical in Black and White.
    Perschooler: Rrrraaaaar! I'll run! You gonna chase me? You run! Am I gonna chase you? Change your perspective — and the reality changes.

Generation VI variant

Teenagers with supernatural powers like telekinesis and precognition, they're typically found in areas with a "mystical" atmosphere (like ruins) and specialize in Psychic and later Ghost-types. They start off wearing labcoats, but are phased out to be more mystical from Gen III onwards.

  • Adapted Out: The Female Psychics from RSE don't appear in ORAS. This may have been due to the Hex Maniacs establishing themselves as female counterparts to the male Psychics in X and Y.
  • Badass Longcoat: They wear what look like lab coats in Gen I.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: One of the most powerful classes, especially in Gen I where the Psychic-type dominates.
  • Brains and Brawn: In the Gen VI games, a Psychic can pair up with a Black Belt to form a Brains & Brawn duo.
  • Darker and Edgier: In Gen III they have messy purple hair, no shoes, and clothing that is a bit ragged looking.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: They have no footwear in Gens III, IV, and VI.
  • Dub Name Change: From "Psychiccer."
  • Eyes Always Shut: In about half of their appearances. Must be all that concentrating.
  • High Collar of Doom: In X and Y.
  • Idiot Hair: Oddly, they're most commonly portrayed as having an ahoge, despite not being portrayed as unintelligent in any way.
  • Magical Gesture: They go with this instead of the Pstandard Psychic Pstance.
  • Mind over Matter: Their sprites display them levitating Poké Balls in auras of psychic power.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Their robes in FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Power Floats: Well, power makes their Poké Balls float.
  • Power Glows: From Gen III onward they're surrounded by energy.
  • Purple Is Powerful: They always have some on them, be it clothing, hair, aura, etc, and happen to be strong trainers.
  • Psychic Powers: Psychic-type specialists.
  • Race Lift: The males are all darker in Gen V.
  • Squishy Wizard: Naturally given their type of choice, their teams tend to have high Special Attack but poor defenses.
  • Soul Power: Starting in Generation 4, they also use Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They had silvery hair in Stadium, and purple in several other games.

    Punk Guy and Punk Girl
Sun and Moon variants

Delinquent teenagers who use Dark and Poison-type Pokémon.

  • Bare Your Midriff: The Kalos Punk Girls wear tops that show their belly buttons.
  • Battle Couple: In Kalos, a couple can battle as a Punk Couple, and in Alola, a Punk Pair.
  • Collared by Fashion: Punk Girls has Chokers with Poké Balls on them.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Alolan Punks have hair and eyes that match exactly, blue for Guys and pink for Girls.
  • Delinquent Hair: The ones from Gen VI have partially shaven heads. Punk Guys have spiky teal hair while Punk Girls sport pink diamond-shaped braids.
  • Dub Name Change: From "Bad Guy" and "Bad Girl," both rendered in Gratuitous English.
  • Face of a Thug: Despite their menacing appearances, they can be quite amiable.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: The Punk Guy wears a black leather jacket.
  • Jerkass: Most of them, especially the battleable ones in Lumiose City, have a tendency to be rude. Averted in Gen VII where most of the encountered ones are surprisingly nice, possibly to differentiate them from the similar looking Team Skull Grunts.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Punk Guys have blue hair, while Punk Girls have pink hair.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Metal studs on the Kalos Punk Guy's jacket.
  • Tights Under Shorts: The females have skin colored tights under their shorts.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: The Punk Guys in Kalos have prominent cheekbones that make them look sinister.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Punk Girls wear cutoff shorts along with a thin black tank top.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Alola's Punks are Team Skull Grunts without any of the skull apparel, save the white cross on their shirts, and some are implied to be former Skull grunts. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon's credits sequence, when Guzma and Plumeria tell the Team Skull Grunts about the team getting disbanded, they all quickly change their clothes to become Punk Boys and Punk Girls.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They have greenish/blue or pink colored hair.

    Rancher/Cowgirl/Belle & Pa
Diamond and Pearl variants

A group of trainer-classes that were introduced in Gen IV's Diamond and Pearl. Rancher trainers are depicted as middle-aged cowboy men while the Cowgirl is a young woman that serves as the daughter of the Rancher. Their designs are reused for the Pokémon Breeders in Sun and Moon.

A double-battle variant can also be battled against, which they're classified as the "Belle & Pa" trainer-class.

  • Cowboy: The Ranchers and Cowgirls are these.
  • Dub Name Change: Ranchers were originally "Farm Men" while the Belle & Pa variant was changed from "Farm Parent & Child"
  • Dual Boss: The Belle & Pa variant of these trainers serve as a Double Battle.
  • Nice Hat: Rancher and Cowgirl trainers are depicted wearing cowboy hats, presumably to shield their faces from the sun while doing farm work.
  • Retcon: Apart from keeping a couple Ponytas, the teams of all these trainers go through a complete overhaul in Platinum. One notable change is Cowgirl Shelley having her five Bidoofs swapped out for a single Ponyta.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rematching Rancher Marco will cause his Pokémon to eventually become high level 50+ powerhouses.

    Rich Boy and Lady
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variants

Debuting in Ruby & Sapphire, they're usually a well-dressed young man/woman and are usually quite arrogant. However, they tend to be very weak, but give excellent rewards. In X and Y, they can only be found in the Battle Chateau (under different titles) and Battle Maison.

  • Boisterous Weakling: Rich Boys are usually quite loud, which is humorous because their teams are inevitably very weak.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Often use expensive Full Restores to heal their low-leveled Pokémon when when cheaper items like Potions would have done just as well.
  • Dub Name Change: Ladies are known in Japanese as "{{Ojou}", whereas Rich Boys were known as "Bocchan," effectively the male equivalent term.
  • Nice Hat: The Ladies either wear or carry around a hat with them.
  • Piñata Enemy: Not only are they weak, they give an amazing amount of money. As a bonus, some of their Pokémon carry Nuggets which can be sold if they're stolen.
  • Regal Ringlets: The Lady in FRLG when you look closely.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The Rich Boys tend to be dressed in suits.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Ladies in general usually wear more simplistic dresses that look nice.
  • Upper-Class Twit: They're usually very weak battlers, and a bit ditzy. You can expect a lot of Rich Boys to waste powerful healing items on low-leveled Pokémon.

    Rising Star and Rising Star Duo
Sun and Moon variants

Debuting in X & Y, they are stronger School Kids or younger Ace Trainers.

A double-battle variant was then introduced in Sun and Moon as the Rising Star Duo trainer-class.

  • Badass Bookworm: Rising Stars in Alola tend to flex their knowledge of Pokémon and battle strategy or otherwise present themselves as bookish, and tend to be among the tougher trainers in the early game. One of them directly quotes The Art of War.
  • Battle Couple: In Alola, a pair of Rising Stars may battle together as a Rising Star Duo.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Brains to the Lasses' Beauty and the Youth Athletes' Brawn, being Badass Bookworms as mentioned earlier.
  • Classy Cravat: Both genders' outfits in Kalos include a cravat.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Two Rising Stars take the place of a Camper and a Bug Catcher when trying to imitate Kanto's Nugget Bridge in Alola's Malie Garden.
  • Dub Name Change: From Hope Trainer and Hope Combination.
  • Modesty Shorts: Worn by the girls in Gen VI since they're wearing skirts and their artwork pose exposes the underside of their skirts.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: They are encountered early in the game, and as children tend to be short, but they already have plenty of skill.
  • Reused Character Design: Rising Stars in Pokémon Masters are modeled after their Pokémon X and Y design.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: The Alola Rising Stars appear to be wearing school uniforms.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Female Alolan Rising Stars look angry in their defeat poses.
    • Male Alolan Rising Stars downplay this. They're visibly irritated, but not to the extent of their female counterparts.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Campers and Picnickers, as they appear in the early game with a diverse team but are phased out later on.

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Rock music fans that mainly use Voltorb and Electrode. They only appear in the Kanto games.

  • Dub Name Change: From "Electric Group," explaining the lack of music paraphanalia.
  • Shock and Awe: They mainly use the Electric-type Voltorb family in battle, and the only ones they use that are not part of the Voltorb family (a Magnemite in Red and Blue and an Ampharos in FireRed and LeafGreen) are also Electric-type.

    Roller Skaters
X and Y variants

Young people who ride around on Roller skates who debuted in X and Y. They have a preference for faster Pokémon that are available.

  • Dub Name Change: From the grammatically incorrect Roller Skate.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The female ones wear pigtails that signify their childish nature.
  • Fragile Speedster: Outside of the Shalour Gym, Roller Skaters generally use Pokémon that are fast, but frail.
  • Punny Name: In the English version, most of the Roller Skaters names are references to Roller Skating.
  • Roller Blade Good: They're Pokémon trainers who happen to be roller skaters.

    Ruin Maniac
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Explorers usually found near historical ruins and caves who debuted in Ruby & Sapphire. They usually use Ground-type Pokémon.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Ruin Maniac in Route 111's desert is unsure if he has been adventuring for 30 or 40 years. The Ruin Maniac near the Ancient Tomb comments that he can't see the aforementioned ruins' entrance, even if it has been unlocked by the player in the Sealed Chamber.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Ruin Maniacs have the look down pat, and they're explorers who know how to Pokémon battle. That said, while they pay lip service to the idea, they seem to be actual researchers.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: They specialize in Rock, Ground and Steel-type Pokémon.
  • Expy: The Gen IV sprite resembles Indiana Jones.
  • Nice Hat: The Hoenn Ruin Maniacs wear pith helmets, while the Sinnoh Ruin Maniacs wear fedoras.
  • Walking Spoiler: Back in Ruby and Sapphire, most of the few Ruin Maniacs that were in the game were located near the Regis' tombs.

    Sage and Elder
HeartGold and SoulSilver variants

Only appearing in the Johto games, they are monks who exclusively appear in the Sprout Tower to test new trainers. In the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes, the Elder trainer-class was added as a higher Sage ranking.

  • Adapted Out: In Generation II, two Sages appear as Gym Trainers in the Ecruteak Gym. They were replaced by two Mediums in the remakes. They still appear in the Sprout Tower though.
  • Dub Name Change: Called Monks in Japanese and Ascetics in the Korean version of HGSS. In the latter, their sprite was altered to remove their prayer beads and add a red robe due to laws about Japanese culture in media.
  • Green Thumb: The ones in Sprout Tower use Bellsprout, a Grass-Type.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Some carry the Hoothoot line with them, to signify their wise nature.
  • Retcon: Elder Li was formerly a Sage trainer-class in Gold and Silver.
  • Unique Enemy: Elder Li of Sprout Tower is the only Elder trainer-class known to exist. However, it's basically the ranking above Sage.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Sailors are the crew of the various ships, as such, they are often seen in ports or on board ships. They specialize in Water- and Fighting-types.

  • Bicep-Polishing Gesture: They do this in their Gen II and III sprites. Since this looks very similar to the obscene "bras d'honneur" gesture, equivalent to Flipping the Bird, used in much of Eastern and Southern Europe and Latin America, international versions of RSE edit the sprite to put his hand below his elbow.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Many of the Sailor trainers turn out to be enthusiastic battlers.
  • Making a Splash: Many of them specialize in Water Pokémon, as already mentioned.
  • Rated M for Manly: They tend to boast about how manly they are. This is reflected by their preference for the tough-looking Machop line.
  • Shock and Awe: The Sailor in Lt. Surge's Gym is the only one who doesn't specialize in Water- or Fighting-types, instead using Electric-types—specifically, Pikachu in most of his appearances and Magnemite in Yellow.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: The Sailors in Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn have sleeveless shirts.

    Scuba Diver and Free Diver
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variants

Debuting in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they are men and women in wetsuits and diving gear and usually found in underwater areas.

    School Kid
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Young children with school bags, they usually appear early on with unevolved Pokémon, especially around the region's Trainer School. Initially only Schoolboys exist, but the introduction of female variants renames the class to the gender neutral School Kid. In Generation VI, two trainer classes called Schoolboys and Schoolgirls were introduced.

  • Nerd Glasses: The male Hoenn School Kids are nerdy-looking and wear glasses.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After a few rematches, some of them would have already evolved their Pokémon.

Sun and Moon variant

Appearing in the first games, Scientists are, you guessed it, scientists. Notably, Scientists are sometimes employed by the villainous team of the region, standing out from the rank and file Grunts for it. They specialize in Electric and Poison-types, and in later games add Steels and Psychics to the mix, as well as the occasional fossil Pokémon.

  • Dub Name Change: Originally Researchers in Japan.
  • Evil Genius: You can sometimes find scientists helping the local villains.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Many of the Kanto Scientists are turncoat Silph employees who presumably felt betrayed by their company, if one Scientist's dialogue is anything to go by.
  • For Science!: Their motivation most any time they appear is the search for knowledge, even if it happens to be amoral, as is the case for those who get involved in villainous teams.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: As befittting of scientists, they all wear labcoats.
  • Mad Scientist: The HeartGold and SoulSilver Scientists have torn lab coats and crooked grins to give this vibe, compared to their more composed appearances in other games (and in the Battle Frontier in HGSS). Justified due to them working with Team Rocket in said game.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Though the association is downplayed in later games as more Pokémon come into being, they're associated with man-made Pokémon like Magnemite, Voltorb, Grimer, Klink, and Porygon.
  • Meganekko: The female Scientists wear glasses, which do not detract from their attractiveness.
  • Nerd Glasses: Scientists are always depicted wearing glasses.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Male Scientists in all of their appearances have thick glasses lenses.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The Female Scientists in Generation V have hair that goes down to their knees.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: The only given reason for the Face-Heel Turns among the Silph-based Scientists is because one of them had been assigned to the company's outpost somewhere in the Russian outback (Ponaya Tunguska in the Japanese version and Tiksi in the English and German versions).note 
  • Reused Character Design: Scientists in Pokémon Masters are modeled after their Pokémon X and Y design.

Sun and Moon variants

Debuting in Sun and Moon. They are men and women wearing large hats and with a smartphone in hand. Like Tourists, they often use Pokémon from the other regions, as well as normal variants of Alola variant types, though they seem more based in stereotypes about American tourists.

  • Battle Couple: A pair consisting of a male and female Sightseer are called Honeymooners.
  • Blush Sticker: Their cheeks are constantly blushing.
  • Confusion Fu: Their Pokémon generally fall under the category of Pokémon from other regions, which could be just about anything due to the lack of specifics.
  • Culture Clash: A Johtoan Sightseer you meet in Malie City's library notes this when she mentions getting yelled at for using non-designated Pokémon for flying instead of the Ride Pager designated Charizard, before gifting you the Fly TM.
  • Mythology Gag: Female Sightseers have smartphones, and at the beginning of a battle swipe the screen in a way that suggests they're playing Pokémon GO.
  • Nice Hat: One that holds their glasses and a flower.
  • Piñata Enemy: They award more money than most other trainer classes, though less than Gentlemen/Madames. Considering how they're on vacation in a region priding itself on tourism, it makes sense that they've saved up some good money. One Sightseer in the Poni Pokémon Center will give you six Nuggets after defeating him on top of the already big payout for winning.
  • True Blue Femininity: The females wear light-blue sundresses.
  • Underground Monkey: They often pull out Pokémon with Alolan counterparts. Being foreign sightseers, these will naturally be the mainland version.

    Sky Trainer
X and Y variants

Sky Trainers are a class exclusive to Pokémon X and Y. They are people wearing sky suits that who only use Pokémon that can fly above the ground (i.e. Pokémon with hovering models). They can only be fought in a Sky Battle.

  • Blow You Away: They primarily use Flying-types, more specifically ones that fly in their in-game models, as per the rules of Sky Battles.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Due to what may have been a developer oversight, Sky Trainer Colm along the Kalos Route 8 coast could end up being this. His Pokémon are at a higher level similar to the Surfing trainers along Route 8 who can only be battled later on once the player has obtained the Surf HM. However, the player can battle Colm earlier than the game expects since the Sky Trainer battle against him can be initiated at the edge of the walking coast by the Mago Berry Tree. As a result, it's possible for the player to have Pokémon around level 20 going up against Sky Trainer Colm's level 28 Mantyke, and level 29 Jumpluff, on the player's first visit to Route 8.
  • I Have the High Ground: Whenever one comes across a Sky Trainer, they will always be atop some high peak/location looking down at the player.
  • Not Quite Flight: They also use Levitating Pokémon.
  • Sensual Spandex: Their wingsuits, which presumably allow them to be closer to their Pokémon during Sky Battles, are their trademark.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: They specialize in Flying Pokémon, as well as those with the Levitate ability; more specifically, these Pokémon are depicted hovering above the ground in their in-game models. Sky Trainers are also found in high places inaccessible to the player.

    Sports Players (Hoopster, Infielder, Linebacker, Smasher, Striker)
In Black and White

A group of 5 sports-specializing Pokémon trainers that made their debut in Black and White. So far, the sports trainers are exclusive to Gen V, and can only be battled within Nimbasa City's Small Court or Big Stadium.

  • Baseball Episode: Each of these 5 trainers specialize in a different sport.
    • Hoopster is a basketball player.
    • Infielder is a baseball player.
    • Linebacker is an American football player.
    • Smasher is a tennis player.
    • Striker is a soccer player.
  • Dub Name Change: From Japanese:
    • Hoopsters were Basketball Players
    • Infielders were Baseball Players
    • Linebackers were Footballers
    • Smashers were Tenis Players
    • Strikers were Soccer Players.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The Smashers are the only females amongst the sports trainers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Players can return to the stadiums for rematches against the sports trainers. Most of which will have their Pokémon leveling up from the mid-20s to mid-60s, and having obtained additional Pokémon, after several rematches.
  • Unique Enemy: These classes only appear within the sports facilities of Nimbasa City.

    Street Thug and Delinquent
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Scary looking men and women debuting in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they usually use Dark-type Pokémon, but they frequently use other types as well.

  • Badass Back: Their Vs. portraits and official artworks have their backs turned to the player.
  • Combat Pragmatist: They use Dark-type Pokémon to go along with their punk designs.
  • Dark Is Evil: The closest thing to a villainous team that aren't their grunts, and they tend to be unscrupulous individuals who tend to use Dark-type Pokémon.
  • Dub Name Change: From Scary Man and Scary Lady.
  • Face of a Thug: A good number of them are really benevolent. One Street Thug even says he's upset that his face scares wild Pokémon.
  • Jerkass: As expected, many of them will reply rudely when talked to, though there are a few Street Thugs and Delinquents who are very polite.
  • Multicolored Hair: The Delinquent has black and blonde hair.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite their intimidating appearances, the Street Thugs have Plusle, a cute Pokémon, printed on the backs of their jackets. As a rare female example, the Delinquents have Minun depicted on their jackets.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the Punk Guy and Girl classes. They have similar temperaments and type specialty.

    Super Nerd
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Super Nerds are young men wearing glasses that gravitate towards artificial Pokémon. They appear in the Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon Gold and Silver along with their remakes, but were phased out in favor of Collectors and Scientists.

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

A trainer class similar to the Swimmer that is seen holding a surfboard. A majority of their Pokémon tend to be Water-types given what the class is based on, and they debut in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

  • Dishing Out Dirt: Adding to the beach theme, Robert uses the Ground-type sandcastle Pokémon, Sandygast.
  • Making a Splash: A majority of the Surfer trainers the player comes across will be using some sort of Water-type. Jennis uses a Mantine, Joshah uses Golduck, and Robert uses a Remoraid.
  • Surfer Dude: This class is based on surfers.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Similar to the male Swimmers, Surfers are shirtless, and tend to have a rather fanservice-y design.

    Swimmer/Tuber/Sis and Bro
Some Sun and Moon Swimmers
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Tubers
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Sis and Bro

Since Gen I, Swimmers are the main trainer encounters along water routes, and are young men and women who are into swimming, of course. Debuting in Ruby & Sapphire, Tubers are younger trainers who rely on inner tubes to stay afloat since they can't swim. Both classes specialize in Water-types.

A Swimmer and a Tuber, of opposite genders, can sometimes be encountered as a Double Battle team under the trainer-class "Sis and Bro".

  • Ambiguously Brown: The Gen VI Swimmers and Gen IV Tubers have dark skin. Presumably it's a tan.
  • Battle Couple: In Hoenn, opposite gendered Swimmers and Tubers may battle together as Sis and Bro. In Alola, a male and female Swimmer may battle as Swimmers, and there's a pair of female Swimmers at Poni Breaker Coast called Swimmer Girls who battle to advertise the TMs they're selling.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Some of the female Swimmers in Alola have short, blonde hair.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Female Swimmers can team up with male Tubers to form a "Sis and Bro" team.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: The Female Swimmers from X and Y have blond hair and tanned skin.
  • Digital Bikini: A male example: the male Swimmers in Gen IV have their Speedos turned into more conservative trunks.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Female Swimmers were introduced in Generation II. Before then, it was merely Beauties and Jr. Trainer females inexplicably floating on the water.
  • Dub Name Change: Male Swimmers were originally called "Swimtrunks Guys," their female counterparts "Bikini Ladies," and the younger variants "Inner Tube Boys" and "Inner Tube Girls." Sis and Bro meanwhile were "Beach Siblings."
  • Dummied Out: The Sis and Bro class was going to appear in Generation IV, but ended up going unused.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Swimmers in the Galar region, where the only water route present also happens to fall within the region's snow routes.
  • Fanservice: Be it buff guys in swim trunks or slim girls in small bikinis, Swimmers of both genders give players some eye candy to enjoy.
  • Fanservice Extra: In regions that don't have many long water routes such as Kalos and Galar, the few Swimmer class trainers present really stand out with their incredibly revealing swimwear. This is especially notable in Galar, where the only water route in the entire region overlaps with the snow routes and is filled with snow and ice.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The Tubers in FireRed and LeafGreen are little girls with pigtails.
  • Making a Splash: Water-type specialists.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Tubers in the Sinnoh games and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and the Swimmers in FireRed and LeafGreen, wear pink if they're girls and blue if they're boys.
  • Put on a Bus: Male Tubers don't appear in FireRed and LeafGreen. Oddly, there are female Tubers and "Sis and Bro" teams of a female Swimmer with a male Tuber, but no male Tubers on their own.
  • Reused Character Design: Female Swimmers in Pokémon Masters are modeled after their Pokémon X and Y design.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Male Swimmers go around shirtless and tend to have a rather fanservice-y design.

Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! variant

Young men carrying whips and treats. Only appear in Pokémon Red and Blue and their remakes.

    Teacher and Principal
Sun and Moon variants

A trainer-class introduced in Gen II's Gold and Silver. They're portrayed as older women who look after Schoolkids or Preschoolers that are seen near them.

In Sun and Moon, the Principal trainer-class was added.

  • Bonus Boss: Principal Asuka can only be battled after the player has become the Alola Champion.
  • Color Motif: Due to the Game Boy Color's color-limitations, the Gold and Silver teachers, apart from their skin, were colored entirely green. The hair, the clothes, the teacher's pointer, the shoes, everything.
  • Mama Bear: If there's a Teacher-class trainer nearby, it's usually because there's Schoolkid trainers in the vicinity that they're looking after.
  • Retcon: Teacher Hillary has her Cubone replaced with a Sunkern in the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes.
  • Unique Enemy:
    • Only one Teacher-class trainer appears in Sun and Moon, and she shared the same design as the female Office Workers.
    • Only one Principal-class trainer appears in Sun and Moon, and she shared the same design as the female Veterans.
  • You ALL Look Familiar:
    • The Sun and Moon Teacher shares the same sprite as the female Office Workers.
    • The Principal also shares the same sprite as the female Veterans.

    Teammates/Sr. and Jr.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

A double-battling trainer-class that first debuted in Gen III's Ruby and Sapphire. Originally known as the "Sr. and Jr." trainer-class before being renamed as Teammate trainers in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the female duo plays off like two slightly older Lass trainers where the senior attempts to help her junior friend learn how to battle.

  • Dual Boss: A trainer-class that specializes in Double Battles.
  • Nerf: In Emerald, Teammate Kim & Iris have a Swablu instead of its evolved form, Altaria. This is restored in the remakes.
  • Retcon: Teammate Tyra & Ivy's Graveler in Ruby and Sapphire is swapped out for an Azumarill by the time of the remakes.
  • Sempai/Kohai: They are literally named "Senpai and Kohai" in the Japanese games. This type of trainer-class serves as this where the teaching girl is the Senpai while the learner girl is the Kohai.
  • Took a Level in Badass: For some of the Teammate trainers by the time of the remakes. Anna & Meg's Zigzagoon and Makuhita evolve a lot earlier during rematch battles (Both for the 2nd rematch compared to the 3rd for Zigzagoon and 4th for Makuhita), and Kim & Iris' Numel is now a Camerupt.

Some X and Y variants

Debuting in X & Y, Tourists are people who visit the Kalos region for fun. There are three variants of this trainer class: a young man, a young woman and a middle-aged woman. They use Pokémon from the first four generations of the game, as they are based from Japanese Tourists. A male Tourist and a young female tourist form Honeymooners.

  • Battle Couple: Young male and female Tourists can team up to form Honeymooners.
  • Dub Name Change: Much like with the Kimono Girls, the Tourists all had their names changed from one Japanese name to another for seemingly no reason.
  • Japanese Tourist: Their inspiration. Outside of Battle Maison, all of them have Japanese names.
  • Nice Hat: The young female Tourist wears a beret.
  • Theme Naming: In Battle Maison they are named after cities around the world such as Sydney, Odessa and Antalya.
  • Selfie Fiend: Tourists take selfies after losing.

    Trial Guide
In Sun and Moon

Introduced in Sun and Moon, Trial Guides are men and women who help Trial-goers in Alola.

  • Dub Name Change: From Trial Supporter.
  • Making a Splash: Trial Guide Bronson uses a Water-type, Slowpoke.
  • Mid-Boss: A few battle as route bosses, Trainers who will only battle the player once they've beaten every other Trainer on the route.
  • Nice Hat: The men wear light blue-green caps that match their shirts.
  • Stone Wall: Trial Guide Katrina's team consists of two highly Defensive Steel-type Pokémon, Skarmory and Klefki.
  • Unique Enemy: Despite being two Trial Guide trainers, the player only ever comes across one of the opposite gender. Bronson for the male variant, and Katrina for the female variant.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variants

Hoenn-exclusive trainers, Triathletes are generally men and women (only men in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire) in sunglasses and skin-tight workout clothing. Notable in having three different sprites according to where you are, referencing how triathlons comprise three different sports. Runners primarily use the Doduo line, cyclers use Electric-type Pokémon and swimmers use Water-type Pokémon.

  • Adapted Out: The female Triathletes don't show up in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, despite first appearing in the Gen III Hoenn games.
  • Cool Shades: Triathletes are depicted wearing shades in their sprites and artwork.
  • Making a Splash: Swimmer Triathletes primarily use Water-types.
  • Sensual Spandex: No matter which sprite or artwork is used, they're all depicted wearing tight clothes that show off their physique. Male cycling Triathletes in ORAS are even shown from the back.
  • Shock and Awe: Cyclist Triathletes primarily use Electric-types.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: All their outfits are swimsuits.

Generation VI variant

Young twin girls that use Pokémon that complement each other. Introduced in Gold and Silver, they are usually the first Double Battle in Ruby and Sapphire onward.

    Veteran and Veteran Duo
Sun and Moon variants

Veterans appear to be older Ace Trainers. They are old men resembling the Hoenn Experts in Gen IV, but they are somewhat younger and dressed differently in later generations. Female Veterans were introduced in Black and White. Like Ace Trainers, they use powerful evolved Pokémon of various types.

A double-battle variant was then introduced in Sun and Moon as the Veteran Duo trainer-class.

  • Badass Longcoat: Gen. V and VI Veterans wear long, dark coats.
  • Battle Couple: A male and female Veteran battling together are a Veteran Duo.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: They can be really tough fighters due to their powerful Pokémon, and they often have improved AI compared to most NPC trainers. Then they throw Legendaries at you once you start reaching high streaks in battle facilities.
  • Confusion Fu: Since they don't specialize in anything, there is no telling what Pokémon they have in their pockets.
  • Dub Name Change: Their English class name is shortened from Veteran Trainer, while the double battle variant was changed from Veteran Combination.
  • Elite Mooks: They are some of the stronger trainers in the games they are in. In battle facilities, they even use Legendary Pokémon. Drayden uses them as Gym Trainers in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Graceful Loser: Compared to the Alolan Rising Stars and female Ace Trainers, who appear annoyed, frustrated, and flustered when they lose, respectively, the Alolan Veterans take losses in stride in their defeat animations; the males wink and extend a hand for a handshake, while the females applaud the winner.
  • Jerkass: Veterans in battle facilities, particularly the Maison and Tree, tend to be extremely arrogant and condescending. This is best seen when you lose against them - one in Generation VI will call you terrible and tell you to come back when you learn to throw a Poké Ball, while another in Generation VII will tell you to reevaluate your life and start again from birth.
  • Old Soldier: In Gen. IV, the Veterans are all in their old age.
  • Olympus Mons: In battle institutes, they exclusively use Legendary Pokémon.
  • Perma-Stubble: The male Veterans in X and Y have a constant 5 o' clock shadow.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Female Veterans in Generations V, VI, and VII wear long scarves, and the "asskicking" part comes with being Veterans.

Sword and Shield variants

Physical workers who made their core series debut in Diamond & Pearl, with Sword and Shield adding a female version. note . They generally use Rock, Steel, Ground, and Fighting-type Pokémon.

  • Amazonian Beauty: The female workers in Sword and Shield are positively massive in comparison to the other female characters, in terms of both sheer muscle mass and height, but they're portrayed as being just as cute as anyone else.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: They frequently use Fighting-type Pokémon, likely to help with physical labor.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: They frequently use both Rock and Ground-type Pokémon.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: If it's not Fighting, Rock, or Ground, their preference is for Steel-Type Pokémon. Byron uses them as Gym Trainers.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a construction helmet.

    Youngster and Lass
Sword and Shield variants

A pair of classes usually only seen in the early parts of each game. They mostly use Com Mons and represent young trainers beginning their journey.

In Sun and Moon, a variant of these trainers appear under the name Youth Athlete, though the default ones still exist. Youngsters wield baseball bats while Lasses carry badminton rackets. They team up in double battles to form Athletic Siblings.

  • Ambiguously Brown:
    • The Youngsters and Lasses in Sun and Moon are noticeably darker in skin tone and have dark hair, though they could just be tanned.
    • In Pokémon Masters Youngsters have an even darker skintone and brunet dreadlocks.
  • Ascended Meme: In Generation IV, Youngster Joey's Rattata being in the "Top percentage of Rattata" is referenced heavily, and it's the only Pokémon he raises.
  • Batter Up!: Male Youth Athletes are more or less Youngsters with baseball bats.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: With the Rising Stars (Brains) in Sun and Moon, Lasses (Beauty) typically growing up to be Beauties according to an interview and Youth Athletes (Brawn) being Passionate Sports Girls.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Youngsters in Unova & Kalos who are in the later stages of the game uses Bug-type Pokémon and seem to be the replacement for Bug Catchers in that region. Needless to say, these Bug types are also far larger than most real life arthropods.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Youngsters are always overconfident despite being one of the weakest trainer classes in the game.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Backwards/sideways cap, youthful, arrogant... Youngsters are a slingshot away from hitting every cliché for the trope.
  • Brother–Sister Team: When they team up to form Athletic Siblings for double battles.
  • Cat Smile: Lasses in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire come close enough in their art.
  • Com Mons: Their bread and butter. Quickest way to find out the Com Mons in the game are to fight the first Youngster/Lass you see.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Some Lasses are very fond of cute Pokémon.
  • Dub Name Change: Japanese versions refer to these trainer classes as "Shorts Kid" (Youngster) and "Miniskirt" (Lass). The Athletic variants were originally "Sports Boy," "Sports Girl" and "Sports Siblings."
  • Flanderization: Only a few youngsters mentioned their comfy, easy-to-wear shorts in Gen I, but a huge majority of them do this in Gen VI.
  • Genki Girl: Most of the Lasses encountered are quite chipper.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Female Young Athletes are more or less Lasses who function as Passionate Sports Girls, taking up badminton in their case.
  • The Goomba: The earliest encountered and weakest of the opponent trainers in the game.
  • One of the Boys: At least in Generation I, Lass Sally uses Pokémon more typical of a Youngster—specifically, a Rattata and a Nidoran♂.
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Youngsters in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have a bandage over their nose.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: The Lasses in Generation VIII, befitting the "British schoolgirl" look they're going for in Galar.
  • Recurring Element: An overworld Youngster extolling the virtues of shorts appears in every generation. This is due to their Japanese name explicitly being "Shorts Youngster." There's also a Youngster named Joey in most generations.
  • Reused Character Design: Lasses in Pokémon Masters are modeled after their Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen design.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Lasses usually wear school uniforms all the time.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lasses are the Girly Girls to the Picnickers' Tomboys, and in Sun and Moon, they're also the Girly Girls to the female Youth Athletes' Tomboys.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: At times, a Lass may claim the player touched her or looked at her and challenges them to a fight because of it.

    Young Couple
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire variant

Debuting in Ruby & Sapphire, a Young Couple is a teenage couple who are madly in one with one another. They partake in Double Battles and use Pokémon of the opposite gender that usually complement each another, such as Volbeat and Illumise.

  • Bare Your Midriff: The Females in Diamond and Pearl wear tops that expose their navels.
  • Battle Couple: They're madly in love and only fight you together.
  • Dub Name Change: From the Engrishy "Love-Love Couple."
  • Eyes Always Shut: Their sprites are modeled with closed eyes until Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Heart Symbol: The couple in FireRed and LeafGreen have heart shirts, and the couple in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have open mouths shaped like hearts and wear Luvdisc shirts and heart bracelets.
  • Shout-Out: A couple in Ruby & Sapphire and their remakes are named Lois & Hal, just like the parents from Malcolm in the Middle.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: They are called Love-Love Couple in Japanese. It even shows in some of their sprites: the original from Ruby & Sapphire shows the couple hugging each other adorably, while the artwork in the remakes has them in Luvdisc shirts and heart bracelets.


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